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Carpetbagger Suggests Younging it Up

Even though the Oscars were more in touch, I’d say, than they’ve been since I started watching them (I will always have a fondness in my heart for the clunky old timey versions too), and even though their choices were still out touch, the Bagger thinks that, with the seal ...

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And the Best Rundown Goes To…

Yeah, of course it’d be Mark Lisanti, who is now working over at Vanity Fair. His rundown is the best and the funniest I’ve read thus far. He pays tribute where it’s deserved and mocks where it’s deserved: The Sweded Opening Number Though opinion on the ceremony’s Be Kind Rewind-esque ...

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Oscar ratings up 13%

Bump and grind. The bump is the 13% increase in viewership over last year’s broadcast (from 32 million in 2008 to 36.3 million last night). The grind is the fact that’s this increase falls short of the 40 million viewers who tuned in 2 years ago and doesn’t come close ...

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Ebert gives the Oscars his seal of approval

Can a guy who’s survived decades of Oscars letdowns ever find anything new to love? Roger that: It was the best Oscar show I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen plenty. The Academy couldn’t bring it in under three and a half hours, but maybe they simply couldn’t, given the number ...

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More Reactions

Writing for the Carpetbagger, Tony Scott: A Small Oscars By A.O. Scott It looks like they might bring this one in at under three hours, so I’ll curb my complaining. And I’ll close by noting that this seemed not only like a relatively brief Oscar ceremony, but a small one. ...

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Thanks To…

Ryan, for all of your dedication and hard work and brilliant writing. The readers of AD for all of your inventive, lively discussion – you really make this site what it is. Fellow bloggers for all of the tips, lengthy phone calls, and analysis: Ryan Adams, David Carr, Kris Tapley, ...

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The Final Tallys

I’m going to quietly simmer about my own personal disappointments, just as many of you can happily celebrate your triumphs. I think we can all agree that this dreadful year is better off tucked into bed where it can rest in peace. In other words, thank god it’s over. In ...

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81st Oscar Ceremony, Part 2

And here. We. Go. Best Picture: Slumdog Millionaire Best Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire Best Actress: Kate Winslet, The Reader Best Actor: Sean Penn, Milk Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight Best Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, Milk Best Adapted ...

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Day Before the Oscars Open Thread

I’ve been wondering, what is the best thing, what is the worst thing? Here a few thoughts of mine. The Kiss of Death is what we call the Spirit Awards because it’s usually the last stop a contender makes before losing the Oscar. I have applied it mainly to Best ...

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Blow the Lid off the Joint?

Okay, this is scary. What in the world are they planning over there at the Kodak? Michael Cieply gets this bit of news: From the looks of it, the Oscars are going to be more fun than the Rose Parade. Actually, they may look a little like the Rose Parade. ...

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Bruce Almighty

Bruce Vilanch raises expectations, sort of: This year for best supporting actor you have Robert Downey Jr. in blackface and then you have Heath Ledger. So how do write something like that? Actually, this year we’re going to do supporting actor differently and I’m not allowed to tell you how. ...

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The Oscars, Better than Ever?

Weirdly enough, after the following clip, I actually experienced some excitement for the first time ever regarding the ceremony itself – it could be really great. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRjPaTUD3N4[/youtube]

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